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Let's Fly Jetstar: SYD-KIX A330-200 (pics)  
User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2031 posts, RR: 4
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 17580 times:

Despite having spent a month on holidays in China, Hong Kong and Japan earlier on in the year when Jetstar had an international sale where the second passenger flew for $3 and I couldn't resist. Unfortunately, my wife's workplace wouldn't let us fly on the original date (our wedding anniversary) so I was forced to pay penalty fees and rebook to the first week of September.

We had only flown Jetstar domestically before but, despite their LCC status, we had found the flights pretty comfortable so I was interested to see how well they stacked up on long-haul.

Due to the big APEC meeting we had no real choice but to catch the train to the airport (to be fair we caught that same train every work day anyway!). We arrived early and B spotted a guy with dreadlocks. "He's that rugby player!" I looked up. No, it wasn't Lote Tuquiri but Andrew Symonds. Almost the entire Australian cricket team was unloading their bags from a truck in preparation to fly off to South Africa for the 20-20 tournament.

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3/SEP/2007
CARRIER: JETSTAR
FLIGHT: JQ17
SECTOR: SYD - KIX
CLASS: Y
ETD: 11:30 (local) ETA: 20:20 (local)
AIRCRAFT: Airbus Industrie A330-202

Our gate was in the far south of the terminal, tucked away in a corner. I thought the A330-200 looked fantastic in the silver and orange Jetstar livery, though not as good at the Australian Airlines plane we had previously flown to KIX.

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We pushed back a little late and we stuck behind an Air China flight and a Qantas 767 decked out in the Wallabies Rugby Union World Cup Supporters' livery. B fell asleep and didn't awaken until we were well into the air.

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The Airbus 330-200 turned south, taking us over our local suburbs. The cabin crew handed out the amenities pack. I had pre-ordered one for B and she needed the black blanket to keep warm in the cabin. I found the inflatable neck pillow quite comfortable for head support while staring out the window.

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The black leather seats were fairly comfortable, but I think the blue armrests had been inherited from somewhere else. My earphone jack didn't work, so I couldn't listen to the inflight entertainments: Spiderman 3 and TV shows. Despite the messages on the website and Jetstar printed material stating that earphones cost $5 the double plug earbuds were handed out free of charge. They look pretty cheap so I think it's a good move by Jetstar considering the length of the flight.

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We had also prepaid for a portable entertainment unit and received on of the newer models, an AirVod. Great screen but as heavy as a brick! The movie selection was pretty old, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 being the latest movie. We shared the unit and both watched Anchorman. They also had some movie music and listening to a track from John Williams' Memoirs of a Geisha was a nice treat. One problem with the unit was the back stand, supposed to prop it up on the tray table. The stand was too narrow and it was difficult to position the unit far back enough for a good viewing angle.

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Part of the reason I developed a huge headache on this flight was probably because I spent so much time staring out the window and sunglare reflected off the engine. I saw the squares of farmland, the pale blue of coral reefs off the Queensland coast. The pilots did a fantastic job of steering us through the man storm clouds in our path; this was the smoothest flight north that I have flown on.

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B brought some sushi along from the airport, while I had prepaid for meals. Lunch was beef noodles in five flavour sauce, a stale bread roll and potato salad, with a chocolate to the side. The noodles were tasty. By 8pm I was in no state to eat the other snack, a frittata, with my headache getting really bad. The Weis Bar was nice though!

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The landing seemed to take an eternity, cruising over bright city and fishing vessel lights through an otherwise black landscape. We exited quickly out of Kansai International Airport and snagged some tickets on the Nankai Rapi:t Express train minutes before it was due to depart. This is a fantastical design with a front like Darth Vader, retro round windows and leopard print seats. Oh, and it cost 1380 Yen, about A$14. That's for a reserved seat in an airconditioned express train with luggage storage. As opposed to our $14 CityRail ticket from Padstow to the International Airport in a packed all stations commuter train. And yes, this was a private line.

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Overall I thought the flight was decent, but not especially good. The time seemed to flow past slower than on our previous flights north. The crew, however, was very good, friendlier and more professional than on some Qantas flights between Australia and Japan that I have been on where certain crew members sound and look like old jaded Aussies with strong accents and no sympathy for non-English speakers.

I found the cabin a bit stuffy and a tad warm, but there are personal air vents. Prices are fairly reasonable for what you get; Jetstar do not seem to overcharge as badly as, say, cinemas or sporting events.

I'll post about the return flight soon. You can also read my travel blog and see more photos.

You may also enjoy reading my other trip reports:

Just A Day Trip: QF: SYD - CBR
How Many Airlines? Adventures In China (pics)
SYD -ICN-AMS: Asiana, KLM Y Class In 2004 (pics)
QF And AO: SYD-CNS-KIX, NRT-SYD On 767's (pics)

[Edited 2007-09-10 07:38:29]


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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2348 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 17418 times:

That was a great trip report! Japan and Australia are the two countries that I would love to visit the most! Great report with wonderful photos...


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User currently offlineThai744 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 17117 times:
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Nice TR - appreciate it!

I've had a look at Jetstar for some international flights, and unless there's a huge sale on, but the time taxes / fuel surcharges are added, its really doesn't work out *THAT* much cheaper.

For instance, Jetstar to Phuket for me in October is about $120 cheaper all-up than TG.
By the time I pay for add-ons, it doesn't work out much different. And I get miles with TG.

Were your flights late? I've heard horror stories of Jetstar delays in international services.


User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2031 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 17033 times:

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 2):
I've had a look at Jetstar for some international flights, and unless there's a huge sale on, but the time taxes / fuel surcharges are added, its really doesn't work out *THAT* much cheaper.

I agree that their normal discount fares are not compelling but their sale fares can be fantastic. If we had stuck to our original flights we could have flown return to Japan for about A$500 each. On some routes, including to Osaka and Nagoya, they have no direct competition.

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 2):
Were your flights late? I've heard horror stories of Jetstar delays in international services.

Both flights were late by at least half an hour. Outbound is probably Sydney Airport's fault. Timetables for any mode of transport here are rarely adhered to. The return flight was also delayed by the late inbound plane (turn around is pretty quick I gather). I'm guessing that it also flies from Sydney so perhaps it was the same problem. I'm sure the APEC forum in Sydney didn't help either. Anyway, we were kept well informed.



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User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2031 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16452 times:

I've just posted Part 2 which contains some details and photos of what we did on the trip and the flight back to Sydney.


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8527 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 15845 times:
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Good report, pretty interesting read.

Thanks

Mark



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User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2031 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 15512 times:

Attempt two at Part 2 of the trip is now up at Let's Fly Jetstar Part2 Redux: SYD-KIX A332 (pics). Hopefully the images (and now video!) display properly this time.


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User currently offlineANstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5188 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 15244 times:

Quoting Thai744 (Reply 2):
Were your flights late? I've heard horror stories of Jetstar delays in international services.

I recently flew MEL-HNL (VH-EBE) and HNL-SYD (VH-EBA). Both flights were on time.


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